Most automotive technicians know the central role of testing in the ASE certification process. But certification requires more than the ability to answer test questions; it also requires proof that you’ve been working in the industry, or receiving relevant training.
Experience Varies With Certification Type
To become ASE-certified, you must pass an ASE certification test and have relevant hands-on working experience. The amount of work experience required varies by test, and is specified in detail on the work experience reporting form, linked below. ASE recommends submitting the form after you've registered to take an ASE certification test.
You may claim experience in one or more of the following areas.
• Repair Technician – 1, 2, or 3 years
• Parts Specialist – 2 years
• Collision Damage Estimator – 2 years
• Service Consultant – 2 years
You may register and take tests (except for the X1, L1, and L2 tests) before you have the necessary experience. If you do so, you will receive a score report, but you will not earn certification or receive certificates until you fulfill the experience requirement.
Different Experience Types
The Work Experience Reporting Form has separate sections for different types of automotive industry job experience, and your work experience must match the kind of certification you are trying to achieve. For example, experience as a Repair Technician (automobile, truck, school bus, etc.) does not satisfy the experience requirements for Collision Damage Estimator (test B6), Automobile Service Consultant (test C1), or Parts Specialist (tests P1, P2, and P4).
You may receive credit for some of the work experience requirement by substituting relevant formal training. For specific details, refer to the information in the linked form below.
A Note to Canadian Technicians:
A valid provincial automotive trade certificate is acceptable evidence of sufficient work experience. Please include a copy of your provincial license with your completed report form.
ASE reserves the right to evaluate all requests for substitution of training for experience and to grant such credit as may be appropriate. Work experience other than that described above also may be credited toward fulfillment of the work experience where, in ASE’s judgment, the nature of the experience so warrants.
If you have questions about the work experience requirement or training substitutions, call ASE Customer Service at 1-800-390-6789, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Download the Form:
ASE Work Experience Reporting Form (PDF)